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Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner

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Acoustic Music Rhythm Machine with Organic Sounds, Flexible Patterns, Metronome, Aux In, Line Out, and Pedal Inputs for Real-time Control
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If you play acoustic music and want to jam along with acoustic grooves, then the BOSS DR-01S Rhythm Partner belongs in your toolbox. This is a rhythm machine specifically designed for acoustic musicians like you. In addition to acoustic drums, it comes loaded with amazing, organic percussion sounds, from congas and cowbells to tambourines and bongos. Acoustic musicians here at Music Experience are impressed with the DR-01S's patterns. Load up patterns for any style and tweak them on the fly. Handy I/O lets you connect your media player or send audio to a PA, and you can plug in pedals for on the fly control.

Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner at a Glance:

  • Rhythm machine designed specifically for acoustic musicians
  • Loaded with natural and organic percussion sounds
  • Sound taken from top-end BOSS and Roland gear
  • Flexible patterns let you add or subtract instruments
  • Metronome supports 4 common time signatures
  • Aux in and line out let you integrate external gear
  • Foot switchable start/stop, tap tempo, and sound triggering onboard

Organic sounds for acoustic music

Unlike most drum and rhythm machines, which are geared toward electronic, BOSS designed the DR-01S Rhythm Partner entirely for acoustic musicians. For example, basic sounds include shaker, maracas, conga, and cajon, in addition to acoustic drums. And you can count on stellar sound quality, since these sounds come straight from BOSS and Roland's top-shelf products.

    Flexible patterns onboard

    Most rhythm machines tend to be fairly inflexible — either you play the pattern or you don't. BOSS decided to provide you with a bit of extra customization room with the DR-01S. It's super easy to call up simple patterns, complete with cool variations that fit just about any acoustic style you want to play. What's more, you can take instruments out of the mix or add them in to change things up. Volume and tempo controls are just a button press away, and there are additional functions onboard for count-in and metronome modes.

    Loaded with useful I/O

    Want to jam with your favorite tunes? No problem. Just plug into the DR-01S's aux in jack, and you can play your backing tracks from your media player. You can also connect to a larger PA via the line out jack. Another cool thing about the DR-01S Rhythm Partner is how easy it is to configure with external footswitches. With a set of footswitches, you can control start/stop, tap tempo, and sound triggering on the fly.

    What Boss Says...

    Introducing the DR-01S Rhythm Partner, the world’s first virtual percussionist designed specifically for acoustic musicians. Unlike the rhythm machines used by electronic musicians and DJs, the DR-01S is packed with organic percussion sounds and simple, versatile grooves that tastefully complement the unplugged experience. It’s an ideal companion for acoustic guitar and vocals, and just as powerful with ukulele, violin, piano, and other types of acoustic instruments. The friendly interface on the DR-01S makes it easy to cater beats and variations to suit any style, while the onboard speaker provides high-quality sound that blends perfectly with acoustic instruments. And with battery-powered operation, you can take your rhythm partner everywhere you go. Whether playing solo or with friends, the inspiring DR-01S brings a new level of enjoyment to all your acoustic music sessions.

    The Perfect Rhythm Partner for Unplugged Music

    One of the great joys of acoustic music is that it’s simple and uncomplicated—you just grab your instrument and start playing. The DR-01S flows seamlessly with that relaxed unplugged vibe, offering a friendly panel interface, all-in-one design, and tasteful, understated grooves that enhance any acoustic music style without getting in the way. Via dedicated buttons, you can call up all sorts of beats and variations, layer up to seven instruments together to create your own unique rhythms, and save up to 50 favorites for later recall. Volume, tempo, and time signature can be adjusted with just a few touches, and it’s easy to add a count-in before the rhythm starts. You can even fade out grooves to create polished endings for your songs.

    Impressive Sound in a Compact Design

    With its integrated audio system, the DR-01S produces warm, full sound that blends right in with the natural tones of your acoustic instruments. BOSS’s advanced approach combines an innovative cabinet design, custom speaker, and a high-efficiency amplifier to deliver impressive sound in a highly portable package. And when you want to take your rhythm partner to the stage, just connect the line out into your acoustic amp or PA system.

    Expressive Percussion Instruments and Grooves

    The DR-01S takes full advantage of the acclaimed rhythm machine and sound development history of BOSS and its parent company Roland. A large variety of authentic acoustic percussion sounds are on board, including shakers, maracas, tambourines, congas, bongos, bells, cajon, and many more. There’s even a full drum kit with acoustic and electronic sounds, perfect for when you want to rock up your acoustic jams. Every instrument category includes lots of expressive grooves created by acoustic percussionists, giving you a wide range of organic backing for any unplugged style.

    Hands-Free Control with Optional Footswitches

    While you can access all DR-01S functions from the front panel, it’s often handy to perform some operations while keeping both hands on your instrument. And by connecting one or two optional footswitches, you can. There are a variety of assignable functions to choose from, including start/stop, tempo up/down, tap tempo, pattern variation, and many more. It’s also possible to trigger nearly any DR-01S percussion sound by foot, great for manually tapping out beats as you play.

    Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner Features:

    • Great-sounding, easy-to-use rhythm box designed for acoustic musicians
    • Filled with simple, tasteful grooves to support and enhance unplugged music styles
    • Convenient all-in-one design with high-quality integrated sound system
    • User-friendly interface for selecting instrument types and grooves, adjusting volume and tempo, and more
    • Seven simultaneous instrument categories include everything from tambourines, shakers, and congas to full drum set, sound effects, standard metronome, and many other sounds
    • Dedicated patterns in each instrument category, with the ability to layer patterns from all categories together in real time
    • Save 50 favorite rhythm combinations for quick recall
    • Control various functions and trigger sounds hands-free with optional footswitches
    • Line out for connecting to an acoustic guitar amp or larger sound system
    • Aux input enables use as a speaker for a smartphone or other audio player
    • Powered by six AA-size batteries or included AC adapter

                    Sounds Over 45 percussion sounds, metronome
                    Patterns 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 time signatures, tempo 40-300
                    Polyphony 24
                    Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
                    Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (line out)
                    Other I/O 1 x 1/4" (control 1/2)
                    Storage 50 user presets
                    Power Source AC adapter (included) / 6 x AA batteries
                    Height 5"
                    Width 8.31"
                    Depth 5.68"
                    Weight 2 lbs.
                    Manufacturer Part Number DR01-S

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